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Lord's Diner Gears Up For A Big Summer

The Lord's Diner is gearing up to feed more people this summer. Last year, the food kitchen saw a dramatic increase in need, and it expects this summer to be the same.

The Lord’s Diner provides more than 2,000 free meals per day. Last summer, that number increased to 3,000.

There are sites downtown and in the Plainview neighborhood, but it's the food trucks that see the most traffic. On Wednesday, 970 meals were served from the truck at the Hilltop Community Center, and 540 meals from the truck near Evergreen Recreation Center.

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Lord's Diner Chef David Horton standing in the soon-to-be expanded area of the kitchen.

"Two or three people will get enough meals to take home, and they can have their meals together," says Lord's Diner Director Jan Haberly. "I think that some of the folks have a little bit of a pride issue where they don’t really want to eat at a typical soup kitchen, so that gives them that option. There’s a little bit of anonymity to this, going to a truck to have your meal and taking it home to enjoy as a family."

A kitchen expansion is underway to handle the expected increase, which includes a loading dock for the trucks. It's expected to be completed by the end of June.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.